Bjartur og Veröld lána okkur 5 höfunda sem eru á þeirra snærum í kvöld til að lesa upp úr jólabókum sínum. Vonumst til að sjá ykkur sem flest.
Anna Valdimarsdóttir hefur verið sjálfstætt starfandi sálfræðingur frá árinu 1982. Hún hefur haldið fjölda námskeiða og fyrirlestra hérlendis og erlendis og skrifað greinar og bæklinga um sjálfsstyrkingu, sjálfstraust, nánd, hamingju og fleiri sálfræðileg efni. Hún er kennslustjóri í námi í hugrænni atferlismeðferð á vegum Endurmenntunar Háskóla Íslands þar sem hún kennir líka ýmis námskeið, meðal annars um núvitund. Anna er höfundur metsölubókanna Leggðu rækt við sjálfan þig og Leggðu rækt við ástina, en auk þess hefur komið út eftir hana ljóðabókin Úlfabros.
Bjarni Bjarnason fæddist í Reykjavík þann 9. nóvember 1965. Í upphafi ársins 1989 kom út fyrsta bók Bjarna, ljóðabókin Upphafið. Síðan hefur hann sent frá sér fleiri ljóðabækur, smásögur og skáldsögur auk þess sem hann hefur skrifað safn einþáttunga. Önnur skáldsaga Bjarna, Endurkoma Maríu, var tilnefnd til Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunanna árið 1996 og tveimur árum síðar hlaut hann Bókmenntaverðlaun Tómasar Guðmundssonar fyrir skáldsöguna Borgin bak við orðin. Hann hefur hlotið verðlaun í smásagnakeppni Ríkisútvarpsins og skáldsaga hans, Mannætukonan og maður hennar vann til Bókmenntaverðlauna Halldórs Laxness árið 2001. Bækur eftir Bjarna hafa komið út víða erlendis, m.a. á Bretlandi.
Ragnar Jónasson er höfundur syrpu glæpasagna sem gerast á Siglufirði og Norðurlandi. Nýjasta bókin í syrpunni er Náttblinda, en eldri bækur eru Snjóblinda, Myrknætti, Rof og Andköf. Snjóblinda kemur út á ensku á næsta ári og Náttblinda árið 2016, en bækur úr syrpunni hafa einnig komið út í Þýskalandi. Ragnar hefur jafnframt birt smásögur í bandaríska tímaritinu Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Ragnar starfar sem lögfræðingur í Reykjavík og kennir jafnframt við lagadeild Háskólans í Reykjavík
Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir
Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir er fædd árið 1972 í Reykjavík. Hún nam heimspeki við Háskóla Íslands og lauk þaðan meistaraprófi í stjórnmálaheimspeki árið 2000. Þá stundaði hún doktorsnám í París í fimm ár og lauk DEA prófi frá Sorbonne-háskóla með ritgerð sinni um pólitíska þýðingu skjalasafnsins.
Oddný sendi frá sér ljóðabókina snjór piss hár árið 2000, en sú kom út ásamt fjórum öðrum smábókum í öskju frá Apaflösu. Fyrsta skáldsaga Oddnýjar, Opnun kryppunnar, kom út árið 2004. Í kjölfarið fylgdu skáldsögurnar Heim til míns hjarta (2009) og Jarðnæði (2011), og prósabókin Slátur/Slaughter (2012). Væntanlegar eru ljóðabókin Mér er illt í hernum og bókverkið Snjóalög.
Jarðnæði var tilnefnd til Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunanna árið 2011 og hlaut Fjöruverðlaunin, bókmenntaverðlaun kvenna, árið 2012. Heim til míns hjarta var tilnefnd til menningarverðlauna DV árið 2009.
Oddný Eir hlaut evrópsku bókmenntaverðlaunin 2014 fyrir bók sína Jarðnæði.
Jón Óttar Ólafsson
Jón Óttar Ólafsson er doktor í afbrotafræðum frá Cambridge-háskóla. Hann hefur starfað innan lögreglunnar, í fjárfestingabanka og hjá Sérstökum saksóknara. Hans fyrsta skáldsaga, Hlustað, kom út haustið 2013, og vakti verðskuldaða athygli. Má með sanni segja að Jón Óttar hafi kveðið sér hljóðs á íslenskum glæpasagnamarkaði með sinni fyrstu bók. „Hlustað verður að teljast ansi góð frumraun. Íslenskur eftirhrunsþriller af bestu sort,“ sagði Hallgrímur Helgason um bókina. Hlustað kom út í Noregi vorið 2014 og í Frakklandi um sumarið.
Ný spennusaga Jóns Óttars, Ókyrrðm kom út í nóvember 2014. Ókyrrð sýnir svo ekki verður um villst að Jón Óttar er glæpasagnahöfundur í fremstu röð!
Kynningarbæklingur Bjarts og Veraldar
On the 4th December, FALK invite highly regarded UK experimental electronic group HACKER FARM to make their performing debut in Iceland at Mengi along with FALK artists and associates.
Hailing from South West England, Hacker Farm are a mysterious artists collective described by FACT magazine as “A spooky DIY electronics coven.” Consisting of the members Farmer Glitch, Bren and Kek-W, they are a celebration of the home-made, the salvaged and the hand-soldered. DIY electronics performed on obsolete tech and discarded, post-consumerist debris. Make-do and mend. Broken music for a Broken Britain.
After a set of releases in 2011 that included the albums “Poundland” and “Slash and Burn,” they also released music in a bizarre series of formats that included a box set of floppy disks, and a handmade Rubik’s Cube with QR-Codes to download the album. Their 2012 album “UHF” received critical praise from the likes of FACT Magazine, The Quietus, WIRE magazine and the Guardian, who called it “deeply disquieting and utterly compelling.”
Expect: circuit-bent mayhem, cassette mulch and modified-toy noise. A bit like Punk, but without the three chords or the riff borrowed from The Kinks. A beta-release of a better way of living.
Genre / File Under: Outsider Music, Carboot Electronics, Open-Source Sound.
As well as HACKER FARM, the evening will see them supported by FALK artist KRAKKKBOT, and electro-acoustic composer Thoranna Björnsdóttir AKA Trouble
Video works and musical performance based on Áki and Halldór’s travels on a sailing boat in Breiðafjörður in the summer of 2012. Halldór filmed videos that will be shown with Áki’s electronic music. Also, they will perform toghether on halldorophone and other electronically oriented instruments.
Áki Ásgeirsson (1975) from Garður, Iceland. Studied composition and electronic music in The Hague, Holland with Martijn Padding and Clarence Barlow. Áki’s music often involves traditional instruments with new technology. He has also built and modified musical instruments such as his SensorTrumpet, the Rangspil, the Aluminium Motor Drum and the LCD Harp. Áki is a co-founder of the Icelandic composer group S.L.Á.T.U.R..
Artist and designer Halldór Úlfarsson (1977) mostly collaborates with composers on projects relating to his string instrument the halldorophone. These projects stand as performances or are recorded and presented as films or installations. He has exhibited his art in museums, new music festivals and galleries around Europe and in Iceland. Halldór is technician for the IAA design department workshop and part-time lectures at other departments of that school.
Páll Ivan is an active composer, musician and artist and is a founding member of the SLÁTUR composer collective. His compositions have been performed in Europe and the USA and his popmusic has been mostly confined to Soundcloud. He has performed with bands such as Benni Hemm Hemm, Stórsveit Nix Noltes, Borko, Strigaskór nr. 42 and many more. Páll has a science and philosophy fetish and is not going to die before everything has been tried and a total understanding of everything has been achieved.
At this point in time, Páll Ivan has had a ridiculous number of ideas for what to do for this event but he will probably not decide until the last minute. His goal is to do something he has not done before, such as poetry or/and dance. When this is being written the most likely thing he will do is to make some kind of crying choir; organised crying or whining, using animated notation where everybody can participate. Or just a solo improvisation or just him and a couple of animals, or even something more akin to experimental performance art. He will probably be joined by some talented artists but,oh, he doesn’t know. If you can think of something then please let us know. But yes… We’ll see.
Skúli Sverrisson and Anthony Burr started their collaboration in New York in the mid 90s. The three recordings “Desist”, “A thousand incidence arise” and “They hold it for certain…” all feature extended compositions drawn from their collective improvisational approach to music making.
Anthony is known for his work with artists such as Jim O´Rourke, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier. Anthony is now a professor at UCSD in San Diego. He has been one of Skúli´s closest musical collaborators over the years. The two will be presenting an evening of new music for the first time in Iceland.
“Memory recorded” is a “organized experience” for the audience that participates and experiences a night full of rituals. Admission fee is 2500 kr and includes a signed copy of a poetry record by the artist and a fortune telling for 2015. One should arrive with dreams and daydreams to share and realize wishes and fantazies for 2015.
The christening of Palme and Englaryk. A short concert, reading and some light refreshments.
There is no entrance fee and there will be some light refreshments.
Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir is born in 1976 in Reykjavik and lives in a small town on the south coast with her husband and daughter. Angel Dust is her 7th novel.
Ólöf Arnalds is born in 1980 in Reykjavík and is one of Mengi´s founders. Palme is her fourth album since embarking on her solo career.
To celebrate the newly released album; 12 Telemann Fantasias, with flutist Melkorka Olafsdottir, we would like to welcome you to Mengi, Óðinsgata 2, on December 16th at 17:00. Those who helped fund the release on Karolinafund are specially encouraged to come and pick up their copy of the album. But thos of you that still have not got a copy, please do come by aswell! There will be some music and some reading of Christmas stories, as well as drinks and general coziness! Please do come by, we would love to see you!
A finalist at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in 2010, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir studied at the Reykjavík College of Music and the Icelandic Academy of Arts with Bernard Wilkinson and Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir. She continued her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, with Emily Beynon, principal flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
A recipient of the James Galway Award, Melkorka completed a second Masters degree from the Orchestral Training program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2007. She studied with Patrick Gallois in Paris, France, achieving the Premier Prix and Prix de Exellence with honours.
Melkorka has played with different ensembles and orchestras, including Orkester Norden, the Reykjavik Wind Quintet, the Caput Ensemble, Het Nieuw Ensemble, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She plays regularly in the Icelandic Opera Orchestra and was one of the founders and first flutist of the Ísafold Chamber Orchestra. From 2006 she has acted as a substitute in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. In 2011-2013 Melkorka was the co-principal flutist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. In October 2013 she played a trial as principal flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Melkorka has appeared as a soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, theReykjavík Chamber Orchestra, the Caput Ensemble, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and the Odense Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. She has performed solo and chamber music around Europe, in Japan and in the USA. In 2008 she toured Iceland performing all of Telemann’s Fantasias for solo flute in churches, together with violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, who played theTwelve Fantasias for solo violin. Melkorka plays Telemann on an Abell wooden flute.
Audio engineering and consultation is in the hands of Paul Evans and Elisabeth Carlsson. ” Artwork is by the Copenhagen-based Katrín Þórey Hjorth Þórðardóttir. ”
In the summer of 2012 Una was staying in the Westfjords of Iceland, with a pile of great icelandic compositions for solo violin, new and older works by various composers, to prepare for recording. As it happened, she cut her finger cooking and the project changed drastically. The limited preparation time before the planned recordings was well spent on Una ́s own compositions and ideas. ”
The CD includes both written music and improvised.”
“The oldest pieces are More, Links and Bræla dating back to 2005-2006. These pieces were originally thorough warming-up capriccios, including a wide range of technical skills and movements for the busy modern-day violinist ́s time-saving before a concert or a rehearsal. Other tracks are of different nature, meditative and lyrical. Structure, time and space, -the exquisite acoustics of Ísafjörður Church, play a vast role. ”
Una is concertmaster of Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, and has premiered a number of new compositions as a soloist and chamber musician. She has played Violin Concertos of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Philip Glass, Atli Heimir Sveinsson and Páll Ragnar Pálsson with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and premiered the concertos of Björnsson, Högni Egilsson and Kurt Weill in Iceland. Una has played on recordings of Björk, Bonnie Prince Billy and Jóhann Jóhannsson and collaborated with several other artists including Ensemble Modern and Bedroom Community. She played in RSB Orchestra and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, she has worked with Pierre Boulez, Krystof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Marek Janowski and Heinz Holliger and she was guest concertmaster in Bonn, Trondheim, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Una ś first CD Fyrramál was released in 2007. Una plays a violin made by Camillo Camilli in 1732.”
Dimension, composed in 1961, was another standout. Una Sveinbjarnardóttir’s performance was so focused and powerful, her concentration and precision so total, and the music so cogent and centred that it simply transported the listener.
Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið (on Magnús Blöndal ́s solo piece Dimension, Tectonics Festival in Harpa, Reykjavík, March 2012)”
Við tökum á móti 5 ólíkum höfundum með 4 ólíkar bækur í kvöld sem ætla að lesa upp fyrir okkur. Hlökkum til að sjá ykkur.
Einar Már Guðmundsson – On the Point of Erupting
Einar Már Guðmundsson er fæddur í Reykjavík 18. september 1954. Hann lauk stúdentsprófi frá Menntaskólanum við Tjörnina 1975 og B.A. prófi í bókmenntum og sagnfræði frá Háskóla Íslands 1979. Hann fór rakleiðis í framhaldsnám í bókmenntafræði við Kaupmannahafnarháskóla og gaf á þeim árum út fyrstu bækur sínar.
Einar Már Guðmundsson hefur verið meðal virtustu og vinsælustu skálda og rithöfunda þjóðarinnar frá upphafi ferils síns. Hróður hans hefur borist víða því bækur hans hafa verið þýddar á mörg tungumál og orðið vinsælar, ekki síst Englar alheimsins sem er ein víðförlasta skáldsaga eftir Íslending fyrr og síðar. Einari Má hefur verið veittur margvíslegur heiður, meðal annars fékk hann Bjartsýnisverðlaun Bröstes (1988), Karen Blixen Medaljen, heiðursverðlaunin sem veitt eru af Det Danske Akademi (1999), ítölsku Giuseppe Acerbi bókmenntaverðlaunin (1999), norsku Bjørnsonverðlaunin (2010) og Norrænu bókmenntaverðlaunin sem Sænska akademían veitir (2012).
Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir – Rogastanz
Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir er leikkona, rithöfundur og handritshöfundur. Fyrsta verk hennar var leikritið Móðir mín dóttir mín sem sett var upp í Hafnarfjarðarleikhúsinu árið 2005, og var það opnunaratriðið lista og menningarhátíðarinnar Bjartir Dagar. Árið 2007 sendi hún frá sér sína fyrstu bók ásamt Lovísu Rós dóttur sinni en það var unglingabókin Strákarnir með strípurnar. Ári eftir kom út sjálfstætt framhald hennar, Rótleysi, rokk og rómantík. Í kjölfarið skrifaði Ingibjörg kvikmyndahandrit byggt á bókunum og var kvikmyndin Órói frumsýnd í október árið 2010. Ingibjörg fór með eitt hlutverka myndarinnar. Árið 2012 sendi hún frá sér metsölubókina Gísli á Uppsölum og nú í haust kom nýjasta bók hennar út, sem ber heitið Rogastanz. Persónur og atburðir sögunnar eiga sér stoð í raunveruleikanum og byggja á fólki sem lifa heldur óhefðbundu lífi.
Meðfram skrifum hefur Ingibjörg leikið í kvikmyndum og sjónvarpsseríum.
Steinar Bragi Guðmundsson fæddist 15. ágúst 1975 í Reykjavík. Hann er stúdent frá Menntaskólanum við Sund og stundaði nám í almennri bókmenntafræði og heimspeki við Háskóla Íslands en lauk ekki prófi. Hann hefur flakkað víða um heiminn, Evrópu, Norður- og Suður-Ameríku, og lagt sig eftir sérstæðri reynslu.
Nýjasta bók Steinars, KATA er saga um glæp og eftirköst hans, um óskiljanlega grimmd, ærandi sorg og stríðið milli kynjanna þar sem einungis annað þeirra hefur verið gerandi – þangað til núna. Að venju nálgast Steinar Bragi viðfangsefni sitt af vægðarleysi og snertir lesendur djúpt.
Stefán Pálsson og Höskuldur Sæmundsson – Bjór
Næst á eftir tei og vatni er bjór vinsælasti drykkur jarðarbúa og nánast hvert land jarðar á sína sérstöku bjórsögu. Á síðustu áratugum hefur áhugi á bjórmenningu og bjórgerð aukist víða um lönd eftir því sem örbrugg¬ húsum hefur vaxið fiskur um hrygg og framboð af fjölbreyttum bjórtegundum aukist.
Stefán Pálsson og Höskuldur Sæmundsson hafa um árabil frætt Íslendinga um lystisemdir bjórsins í hinum stórvinsæla Bjórskóla og miðla nú af þekkingu sinni í fyrstu bjórbókinni sem kemur út á íslensku í áraraðir. Í félagi við Rán Flygenring fara þeir í heimsreisu með hjálp 120 bjórtegunda sem allar eiga það skilið að menn dreypi á þeim einhvern tíma á lífsleiðinni.
Stefán er sagnfræðingur sem veit næstum allt um Svals og Vals-bækurnar. Sem barn lék hann í auglýsingu, sem var kippt úr loftinu fyrir að brjóta gegn siðareglum auglýsingastofa. Hann er óþarflega hár í kólestróli, en fáránlega öflugur í B12 vítamíni.
Höskuldur er bjóráhugamaður með meiru, bæði í rúmmáli og ummáli. Honum er ekkert mannlegt óviðkomandi og skiptir sér stundum of mikið af því sem honum kemur ekkert við. Höskuldi er óþarflega oft ruglað saman við hina og þessa pólitíkusana en ólíkt flestum þeirra hefur hann lítinn áhuga á frumvörpum, nema þau snúist sérstaklega um bjór.
Úlfur will perform in Mengi on the 18th of December, where he will interact with a complex feedback system using transducers, strings, and the space itself.
For the past 10 years Úlfur has created his own sounds and produced two solo albums, Sweaty Psalms released in 2008, and White Mountain released in 2013. He is currently working on an orchestral commission from L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra while he completes his studies at Mills College in Oakland, California.
We would like to welcome you to an unforgettable concert with Lazyblood, the duo Valdimar Jóhannsson and Erna Ómarsdóttir. The two take the concert format to the extreme, both theatrically and physically. The music is electronic combined with hard-hitting metal, storytelling and soundtracks from 1980s horror films. What happens in between the songs is as important as the songs themselves.
Lazyblood dreams of a dark and insidious yuletide, whether these premonitions come true or not, only time will tell. But while we wait, we want to spread some glee and merry times into the hearts and minds of the people of Reykjavík. We have stories, songs and merry mayhem to share with you in our prelude to this festive season of chaos and presents and pinetrees and stuff.
Lazyblood has played at theatre, dance and music festivals including Kunstenfestival des Arts in Brussels, Les Anticodes in Brest, Pneu festival at Szene Salzburg and the Japanese Kyoto experiment in addition to Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík.
To live through a concert with Lazyblood is like being born again. We guarantee that every member of the audience will return home after this concert with a smile on his face and a warm heart.
The Icelandic singer Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir and the Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui, who are based in Madrid, perform music from their CDs Mine is Yours – Songs from Iceland and Spain, English and Scottish Romantic Songs for Voice and Guitar and Secretos quiero descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar. Ancient folk tunes mix with contemporary writing, some of it by Jáuregui himself.
The Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir has performed in concert and opera across Europe and in Latin America at venues such as Madrid’s Teatro Real, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia’s Glinka Hall, the Buenos Aires Coliseo and the Royal Festival Hall in London. She has won numerous international prizes for her singing and offered world premières of new works by composers of different nationalities, who have composed their works especially for her. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has sung as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Sonor Ensemble, La Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the St. Petersburg State Symphony. Her CDs include Grieg-Schumann, Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish Songs, John Tavener Iepo Oneipo (Gramophone Editor’s Choice), English and Scottish Romantic Songs for Voice and Guitar (EMEC Discos), Áskell Másson (Naxos) and Secretos quiero descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar (ABU Records).
Francisco Javier Jáuregui, Classical Guitarist
Born in Oxford (England), Francisco Javier Jáuregui studied classical guitar in Los Angeles, California, in Madrid, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Francisco Javier has played many recitals both as a solo performer and with different chamber combinations in Spain, England, Italy, France, Iceland, Russia, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Malta and Southeast Asia in venues such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society Chamber (Glinka) Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), and the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid.
Francisco Javier works regularly with Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and since 1997 he has performed with violinist Elena Jáuregui as the Roncesvalles Duo. He has collaborated with a number of composers such as Þorkell Sigurbjornsson, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Haukur Tómasson, Hugi Gudmundsson, Eduardo Morales-Caso, David del Puerto, Polina Medyulyanova, Marisa Manchado-Torres and Karl Niklas Gustavsson.
He has recorded three CDs with mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir: Mine is Yours – Songs from Iceland and Spain, Secretos Quiero Descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar (also with violinist Elena Jáuregui) and English and Scottish Romantic Songs for voice and guitar. The former two recordings featuring a number of Jáuregui’s own compositions.
His interest in the important role that music should play in all of society has lead him to participate in many different creative music projects in schools, nurseries, hospitals and other alternative spaces. Since 2001 he has participated in educational programmes organised by The Wigmore Hall in London. At present he teaches classical guitar and coordinates the music department at St. Louis University, Madrid Campus.
Nani, nani (Sephardic lullaby):
Sof þú blíðust barnkind mín (Icelandic folk song):
El cant dels ocells (Catalan folk song):
Gudrún Ólafsdóttir on Facebook:
This is Högni Egilsson´s first performance at Mengi. He will be performing Christmas songs in his own unique way and helping to set the holiday spirit in 101 Reykjavík.
Högni has performed with Hjaltalín, GusGus and Gluteus Maximus in the last few years. He debuted a project called HE earlier this year at Sónar Reykjavík and is currently working on the music for the National Theatre´s Christmas Production as well as touring the world.
Hildur Guðnadóttir (1982) is an Icelandic cello player, composer and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes.
“Guðnadóttir takes a cello and gentle voice and, through software manipulation, scales simple phrases up to celestial heights” – The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music.
Gudnadóttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin.
Hildur has released four critically acclaimed solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012) and Saman (2014). Hildur was nominated as composer of the year and Without Sinking got nominated as album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2009. The same year Without Sinking was also chosen as one of the albums of the year at the Kraumur Awards. Hildur’s albums are all released on Touch.
Hildur has composed music for theatre, dance pieces and films. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic National Theatre, Tate Modern, The British Film Institute, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Gothenburg National Theatre are amongst the institutions that have commissioned new works by Hildur. She won Gríman (The Icelandic Theatre Award) in 2011, for her music for King Lear. And 2012 she was nominated for the Robert Prize (Danish Film Award) for her original score for A Hijacking. She is nominated for the Nordic Music Council Prize as composer of the year 2014.
Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Schneider TM, Angel, Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jamie Lidell, The Knife, Fever Ray and Throbbing Gristle.
OLIVIER MANOURY was born in Tulle (France) He moved to Paris with his parents as a child. He played bagpipes at folk music gatherings After grammar school he studied painting and sculpture at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and literature at the university of the Sorbonne where he got a masters degree in 1976.
OLIVIER MANOURY then became an instrument maker building violins, violas, baroque and folk instruments. He started playing bandoneon and became a bandoneon tuner and restorer. He now concentrates exclusively on playing, turning professional in 1979. In the 80’s he was a regular guest of the mythical coub Trottoirs de Buenos Aires.
Since then he has played in many traditional tango bands, accompanied many singers (Ernesto Rondó) and created his own bands:
– TANGONEON.. TEMPO DI TANGO.. duo with uruguayan pianist Enrique Pascual..
– duo with Jazz bassist Yves Torchinsky..
– Quartet with Michael Guttman, violin Edda erlendsdottir (piano) and isabelle d’Auzac (double bass) (festival in the Hamptons, long island, New York – Palais de Beaux Arts Bruxelles – Pietrasanta festival ,Italy)..
– The stockholm based Olivier Manoury septet with Anders Inge(violin) (Konsert Huset, Kulturhuset, Fashing..)..
– Candombe band with the Uruguayan percussion player Jorge Trasante,..
– recordings with the Argentinian cartoonist Serguei, the African singer Bonga and the American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater.
– In duo with opera singer Jorge Chamine in (concert at the Paris Opera Bastille. Theatre des Champe Elysées, Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Gulbelkian Hall in Lisabon, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
He performed a whole series of concerts in the Theatre National du Chatelet, including big band concert and solo recital.
As a soloist or as a band leader he played in many countries in Europe, Latin america, Japan and Israel and US, including The Opera houses in Paris, Lyon, Reykjavik, Hannover. in Paris he performed in Opera Bastille, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Theatre National de Chaillot, La Cigale, New Morning, La Maroquinerie, Sylvia Montfort, Baiser Salé, Studio de l’Ermitage, Bataclan etc. Teatro municipal de Sao Paolo in Brazil, Grand Rex de Buenos aires in Argentina.
He occasionally appears as a guest in jazz and other improvised music concerts and recordings (Arrigo Cappelletti Quartet in Milano, Tetsu Saitoh and Kazuo Imai in Tokyo).
MGBG is a duo of voice & electronics which operates in fixed-media electronic music, improvised performances, site specific, field-recordings, sound walks.
AMFJ is a a one-man power-electronics/
KRAKKKBOTs music is an ever evolving beast, incorporating metal, hip hop, diy electronics, feedback systems and pure frequencies in a sludgy dreamscape of nightmare dimensions.
The show is presented by FALK (Fuck Art Let’s Kill), which has from its inception in 2007 concentrated its efforts towards introducing experimental sounds to Icelanders both by releasing music of it’s constituents and by importing foreign experimental acts to the country. 2014 has been especially fruitful in the latter aspect and has seen visits by such acts as Eric Boros, from France and the British acts Pye Corner Audio and Hacker Farm.
2015 won’t be any less busy for the FALK collective. Key members Krakkkbot and AMFJ have booked some shows in England but there will also be a new and exciting band visiting us from Brittain in April. But we won’t mention any names for now. Stay tuned by checking us out on facebook.com/falkworld and check our releases on falkworld.bandcamp.com